If you’re looking to sell your home and want to appeal to buyers, then you’re probably trying to get your home looking as sale ready as possible. Improving the kerb appeal of your home is a sure-fire way to do this. Here’s how you add some kerb appeal to your home.
What is Kerb Appeal?
Kerb appeal refers to the attractiveness of your home and the first impression that people have when they see it. Think about how much more likely you are to want to see the inside of a house when it has a very attractive outside, well, that’s because that house has excellent kerb appeal.
First impressions are everything, so if you want to catch the eye of potential buyers, you could do well to boost your kerb appeal with some cleaning, DIY or possibly even some renovations. In a survey conducted by YouGov, 68% of homeowners considered kerb appeal to be an essential factor in their choice of home. So, how can you get to work on your house’s kerb appeal?
Update that Front Door
The entranceway to your home makes a statement about the whole property. It helps set a precedent that the house is welcoming and well-maintained. So making sure your front door is enticing to buyers is essential.
It’s easy to improve your front door. A quick rejuvenation with a fresh coat of paint and polishing the fixtures to remove rust and dirty spots can do wonders for its overall appearance. A new paint job also allows you to try out a new colour that adds some real character to your home.
Even if you don’t have the means or time to make any serious renovations, windows can be cheaply and easily refreshed to transform the look of your home. 71% of homeowners claim that windows that are in good condition are important when it comes to buying a home, so make sure yours are up to scratch.
Wash those dirty windows thoroughly to make them look brighter and more inviting. And, like the door, make sure you give them a fresh coat of paint, or if they’re uPVC windows, scrub them down so they really shine.
Scrub up the Pathway
Sorting out your front garden path is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to boost your kerb appeal. A power wash can rejuvenate that route to the front door, removing dirt and stains that could spoil that first look at your house.
Clear away any weeds and replace cracked paving stones to help improve the overall look of your path, not to mention making it much safer. Ensuring easy access to your front door by making sure the pathway is flat will really appeal to those with children in prams, or for those in wheelchairs, so this will also increase the number of potential buyers for your home.
Sort out the Front Garden
A well looked after front garden says a lot to people about the state of a home, after all, a well-cared for outside means a well-cared for inside. It doesn’t take much to sort out a garden. Trim back those overgrown plants and trees to improve the overall value of your home. General garden upkeep is a good idea, but you could also be more ambitious and undertake a landscaping project to really boost the value of your home.
Beautiful landscaping could add as much as 20% more value to your property, so it could be well worth the money and effort to get some professionals in to transform your front garden.
Add Some Lighting
On dark evenings, some outdoor lighting can be a welcoming touch. If you already have an outdoor power supply, choose some light fittings that will complement the style of your house. If you don’t then maybe solar-powered lights would be a great choice, as they don’t cost anything to run and can accentuate the style of your property. Use the lights to highlight the most interesting part of your garden, like the flower beds or place them along the pathway as a clear route to the front door.
Gravelled driveways can dwindle over time thanks to foot traffic and cars. Top up that gravelled path with some more stones to make it look brand new again. Ensure that you rake it evenly and get rid of any lumps or bumps when you’re about to take those photos to put on your letting agent’s website.
If you don’t have much greenery in your garden, consider some potted plants or topiary trees to bring some style and colour to the entrance of your home. Planters are durable enough to use all year round, and evergreen foliage creates a classic, timeless look. Hanging baskets are also a great option to bring some interest at eye level, and bright flowers can be used to make a dull house front look exciting and interesting.
Consider an Extension
Extensions can add some serious value to your home that could potentially pay for themselves when it comes time to sell your house. You could add an extra room to the front of your house or a garage that will appeal to potential buyers.